The following was posted on Facebook by His Grace Bishop Savas:
Today, the Orthodox Church remembers the martyrdom of Ecumenical Patriarch GREGORIOS V of Constantinople, who, on this same date, Saturday, April 10, in 1821, was executed by hanging, by orders of the Ottoman Turkish authorities, for his supposed role encouraging the uprising of the Greeks that had begun in the Peloponnese the previous month. He was dragged from the sanctuary of St George's Cathedral in the Phanar after celebrating the First "Resurrection" Liturgy on Holy Saturday morning, and hanged from the entrance gate in his patriarchal vestments. He was 80 years old, and thin, and his executioners had to pull on his legs to achieve their goal. His body was left to hang there for three days before it was given to the mob to drag to the sea. The gate from which he entered God's presence has been shut ever since.